- Editor's Rating
- Slick design
- Excellent screen
- MotoCast app works great for secure content streaming
- Poor button placement
- Lousy battery
- Expensive with data contract
Quick TakeAll things equal, the Motorola Droid Xyboard 8.2 is an exceptional tablet with a nice design and superb display. However, it does not offer enough to justify its high launch price.
Motorola\’s second Android tablet, the Xyboard 8.2, has a design reminiscent of its Droid RAZR, helping it stand out from other tablets. The durable build comes with an uncommon 8.2-inch display, and Motorola also offers a model with a 10.1-inch display. The Motorola Xyboard 8.2 is a sleek and portable tablet that is great for both work and play.
The Xyboard 8.2 is enabled with 4G LTE capabilities and boasts great picture quality, decent brightness settings, and satisfactory touch sensitivity. The device has great port connectivity with a microUSB input, microHDMI input, and a SIM card slot. The front facing camera has 1.3-megapixels and the rear-facing camera has 5-megapixels with an LED flash. The Xyboard 8.2 also comes pre-loaded with useful apps such as a Quickoffice, Evernote, and Skitch.
According to TabletPCReview, the best of these is Motorola Motocast. This app allows you to securely stream files and media directly from your PC to your Xyboard tablet, and vice versa, all over the cloud. This adds a work element to the tablet, which is great for anyone planning to use their device for more than entertainment and web browsing.
The battery life, it should be noted, is far below the average battery life of other Android tablets. Testers at TPCR found the battery lasted only 3 hours and 26 minutes, which is disappointing considering the standard charge for most Android tablets is closer to 4 hours 30 minutes.
As is expected with most tablets on the market, the sound quality of the Xyboard 8.2 leaves much to be desired. However, even though the sound quality isn\’t great, reviewers at TPCR did say that the volume on the Xyboard 8.2 was louder than on most other tablets.
The volume and wake/sleep button are close together and poorly designed making them difficult to locate by touch. Reviewers at TPCR said they \”accidentally put the tablet to sleep instead of adjusting the volume…\” This might not be a huge flaw to most, but it can prove frustrating when watching movies or streaming media on the tablet.
The Xyboard 8.2 certainly has great apps and style; however, the price could outweigh the features when compared to other devices in its weight class. At the time of review, with a 2 year contract and at least a $30 dollar data plan from Verizon, the Xyboard 8.2 costs $430. Off contract, the Xyboard costs$600 which making it more expensive than the $499 iPad 2.
The Motorola Xybord 8.2 is a good device for anyone interested in a sleek portable tablet that has business capabilities to balance out its entertainment features. For anyone strictly interested in entertainment value who does not want to sign on for a 2-year contract and data plan, you might want to look at other tablets.